All these events happened in September. Some long ago and some in recent history.
September 1, 1985 – Dr. Robert Ballard found the wreck of the Titanic off the coast of Newfoundland.
September 2, 1864 – General William T. Sherman and his army, during the American Civil War, captured Atlanta. “Atlanta is ours, and fairly won,” was telegraphed to President Lincoln.
September 4, 1886 – The last major U.S.-Indian war came to an end with the capture of Geronimo by General Nelson A. Miles. Geronimo died of natural causes at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in 1909.
September 5, 1975 – President Gerald Ford survives the first of two September assassination attempts in California. Ford was not harmed in either incident.
September 11, 2001 – The worst terrorist attack in U.S. history occurred as four hijacked passenger jets were crashed, killing nearly 3,000 persons. Four teams of Mideast terrorists, operating inside the U.S., boarded morning flights then forcibly commandeered the air crafts.
American Airlines Flight 11 carrying 92 people and United Airlines Flight 175 carrying 65 people. Both had departed Boston for Los Angeles. Both jets were diverted by the hijackers to New York City where they were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center. The impact and subsequent fire caused both 110-story towers to collapse, killing 2,752 persons including hundreds of rescue workers and employees in the towers.
American Airlines Flight 77, with 64 people on board departed Dulles (Virginia) for Los Angeles. Flight 77 was diverted to Washington, D.C. and flown into the Pentagon, killing everyone on board and 125 military personnel inside.
Also hijacked was United Airlines Flight 93, with 44 people on board departed from Newark for San Francisco. Flight 93 was diverted toward Washington and crashed in a field in Pennsylvania during an attempted takeover by the passengers.
We Will Never Forget